AEIR Scholars drew a full house for their first event, "What is International Social Work?"

February 11, 2015 / By: Natalya Paulsen, MSW student, AEIR Scholar
Lauren Bienkowski of the American Refugee Committee
Lauren Bienkowski, Gender-based Violence Technical Officer with the American Refugee Committee

On February 10th, 2015, the Area of Emphasis in Practice with Immigrants and Refugees (AEIR) scholars and AEIR clinical faculty, Eva Solomonson, hosted a presentation entitled, "What is International Social Work?"  The informational event was led by Lauren Bienkowski, a Gender-based Violence & Protection Technical Advisor with the American Refugee Committee headquartered in Minneapolis.  Lauren has managed protection programs specific to gender-based violence with the American Refugee Committee, International Rescue  Committee, and UNICEF in Uganda, Sudan (Darfur), South Sudan, Thailand, and Liberia for the past 8 years. She emphasized the ARC's International social work efforts, including: aspects of collaboration, client-centered interventions, case management strategies, increasing psychosocial supports, sustainability, and cultural competencies in emergency settings.  Lauren also touched on volunteer and internship opportunities available through the ARC for individuals who are interested in on-the-ground, hands-on social work overseas. 

For more information about the American Refugee Committee and available volunteer and internship opportunities, please visit or email Lauren at